No need to search, here are the 5 smartphone apps you should download this week

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App stores are crowded places these days, and because storage space on your phone is often at a premium, you’ll want to find and fill it with not only the best, but also the most helpful apps out there. Because they come and go quicker than the latest fashion trends, and digging through Google Play, the iTunes App Store, or any of the others is such a mission; a little nudge in the right direction is often very welcome. Here are the apps we think you need to check out this week.



Ever since Microsoft decided to drop the wall it kept between its own products and its supposed competitors in the mobile space (though calling Microsoft competition to Apple or Android is a stretch at this point), the computing giant has been cranking out little projects and experiments that no one would have ever expected. After all, the company maintains a very buttoned-up image. Its apps feel like its loosened the tie and untucked the shirt.

TossUp is the latest app to make its way out of Microsoft’s Garage program. It’s a pretty simple polling app meant to help you quiz your friends in hopes of making organizing a bit easier. Get a quick “yes” or “no” answer from everyone with none of the typical hemming and hawing that usually goes along with getting a group of people onto the same page.

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When traveling abroad, you’ll come across all sorts of amazing sights, sounds, and smells that you’d never find in your home country. You’ll also run into some boundaries like language and cultural differences that can make you look like the tourist you are. Instead of heading overseas in ignorance, you can get a crash course in culture with FailPop. It presents important information like greetings and customs in funny and memorable ways that will be sure to stick with you. A good way to potentially save yourself some embarrassment.




There’s a certain sensation you get when taking notes. You can almost feel the information sticking as you jot it down, or run the highlighter tip over a line of text. With Liner, you can treat the web like your college textbook (except you’ll actually use it). Mark up news articles, Wikipedia entries, and anything else you come across to bring attention to the important bits of text, then send it off via email, SMS, or social media so you can share it or access it later.



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It’s surprising how much we still end up missing, even with devices that have access to just about everything we could want to know. If you want to turn your smartphone into a news ticker, displaying all the things you deem most important, Hooks can help. With over one million pre-made alerts and the ability to customize your own, it’ll ensure you’re on the ball for the things that matter to you, no matter what that might be.

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The biggest conversation in music right now isn’t just which streaming service to use, but rather how those services help us discover new music. While Apple is opting for a more human element, you can’t get much more human than Cymbal, a music discovery app that turns you and your friends into tastemakers and trendsetters when it comes to tunes. Share your favorites, browse what your friends are listening to, tag people on songs they might like, and broaden your horizons. All while bobbing your head to the beat.


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Starbucks coffee delivery lands in 6 more cities via Uber Eats

Starbucks is in the process of expanding its coffee delivery service far beyond Miami. Available via the Uber Eats app, the service has just launched in San Francisco, with five additional cities joining in the coming weeks.

How to make a contact group on an iPhone

There's no obvious way to crate contact groups on your iPhone, but you can do it through iCloud or you can install a third-party app to help. We explain both methods as we explore how to make a contact group on an iPhone.

Xiaomi shows how its folding smartphone will look, and you’re going to love it

Xiaomi is the latest manufacturer to show off a folding smartphone prototype. The unnamed phone has a different design than others we've seen, adopting a double fold where the sides of the screen fold over the back of the device.

These patent images may show the new Moto Razr folding phone

The Motorola Razr V3 is one of the world's most iconic phones, and it could be making a stylistic return in the form of a foldable Motorola smartphone -- but it may cost around $1,500. Is the nostalgia worth it?

HMD Global confirms which Nokia phones will definitely receive Android Pie

Android 9.0 Pie has been released. But is your phone getting Android 9.0 Pie, and if so, when? We've done the hard work and asked every device manufacturer to see when their devices would be getting the update.

AT&T and Rush System are using 5G to create the 'hospital of the future'

Ready to experience a radical transformation in mobile communication? AT&T is launching mobile 5G in cities across the country over the next few months. Here's everything you need to know about the AT&T 5G rollout.
Social Media

Twitter shares sneak peek at simpler, less cluttered design with new features

Twitter shared a sneak peek of an upcoming redesign of its website, showing a less cluttered design with a handful of new features. The update brings keyboard and emoji shortcuts, improved search, and a two-column layout.

Here's how (and why) to use safe mode with an Android phone

When you have an issue with your phone, safe mode can help you determine whether a third-party app is to blame. If you’re wondering how to access it, or how to turn the feature off in Android, then you have come to the right place.

Here's our head-to-head comparison of Pandora and Spotify

Which music streaming platform is best for you? We pit Spotify versus Pandora, two mighty streaming services with on-demand music and massive catalogs, comparing every facet of the two services to help you decide which is best.

The Meizu Zero punctures tradition by eliminating nearly all its holes

The Meizu Zero has cut as many holes as possible to create an almost completely seamless device. There's no speaker, no headphone jack, not even a charging port. Here's everything you need to know.

LG teases air-gesture technology in LG G8's MWC 2019 event invite

LG is expected to release a successor to the LG G7 ThinQ, possibly called the LG G8 ThinQ, this year and rumors about it are already spreading. Here's everything we know about it so far.

iPhone 8 vs. iPhone 7: Is it time to upgrade your device?

We take a closer look at Apple's iPhone 8 to see how it measures up against the iPhone 7. Is there enough going on to justify an upgrade? Which of these iPhones would suit you best? Find out in our comparison.
Product Review

Honor puts the Magic back into smartwatches by going small, not big

Honor has taken the Huawei Watch GT and made it a little smaller, designed it a little better, and come up with the Honor Watch Magic. The alterations are winners, for the most part, and we’ve tried the various different versions on to…

Casio’s all-metal G-Shock uses its smart tech carefully, and for best effect

Casio has proved that not all connected watches have to be complicated, or have poorly designed apps, with its G-Steel GST-B100XA watch. We've been wearing it to see if it's worth the $600 price.